November 24, 2011

Rowan at 7.5 Months

Rowan has reached an age where he’s beginning to really express his preferences – the yells and laughs are both aplenty, and it’s quite amusing to see what he finds funny (mainly strange sounds, being gently ‘thrown’ onto the big bed, taking a toy out of our hands, banging his hands on the high chair and, most recently breastfeeding...?)

And good grief, everything is about standing lately. Pull over box of toys? Great to stand up against. Couch? Got it covered. Pull runner off the coffee table? Ten times a day, thankyouverymuch. Little mister adventure, anything that should and shouldn’t be pulled on suddenly is. He’s exhausting work, though I feel guilty admitting it because he does it all with a gleeful look on his face. Daytime naps are still okay (although I’m listening to Rowan gleefully banging his feet against the side of the wall through the cot slats instead of napping; it’s the point of no return now – no napping and he’ll be up until bedtime *le sigh*). Nighttimes are a bit hit and miss though, alternating through sleeping through and waking every 2 hours or so – exhausting work when your body doesn’t get the chance to get through one or the other. We both had colds last week, and at the tail end of his, Rowan started teething again – he’s got an ulcer spot on one of his top front teeth so I’m expecting that through within the next couple of weeks (unless it goes back up into the gum, hope not though). One of the girls in mother’s group said that when baby’s re-learning to breastfeed with a top tooth it makes for interesting times and feeding is never quite the same again, comfort-wise. I’m not sure what to think about that, I know that we’ll get through it just like every other feeding challenge we’ve faced. Those of you who have breastfed children with a mouthful of teeth, reassure me will you?
(more on feeding, I’m supposed to be updating my first aid certification tomorrow morning – getting ready for working next year - and with Rowan up early today and refusing an afternoon nap I haven’t had the chance to pump... unless I can get more than the 20ml I have so far, doesn’t look as though I’ll be going :/)
Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful... incredibly grateful. It's just that sometimes when you haven't had much sleep it can get on top of you - I'm only human after all, and we've all been there whether through babies, children, insomnia or a combination or the three!
I must remember this face, and how quickly it's changing - with its bumps and scratches, lumps and dribble/citrus rashes, blue-grey eyes becoming brown - on the path from baby to impending toddlerhood.

November 18, 2011


Another week and another milestone, so it seems.

Rowan was satisfied with simply crawling for a couple of weeks. And then he sat (I know, reverse order!). And now this:

That was fast o_O
(7 months & 1 week old)

November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Okay... so maybe not so wordless.

A few of my fellow bloggers have been participating in this lately and I thought since I'm starting to use this blog a bit more again, time to jump on board (I take a lot of photos as it is; friends will attest to this! :P).

Also thinking of a bit of a redesign around here, not quite sure what yet but if you see some strange layouts things happening, you'll know why! ;)

What's that? Wordless Wednesday involves a picture? Okay then, here you go:

November 7, 2011

7 Months Old

I love playful morning faces <3
Rowan is seven months old today.

It's been one heck of a busy month for him, learning to crawl and in the last couple of days, sit up on his own (I always thought sitting happened before crawling, but I've been proven wrong!).

Food is becoming less of a plaything and more about gimmee-gimmee-gimmee!! (current favourites are strawberries - still! - lamb, bananas, Vegemite on toast, shepherd's pie, chicken rissoles, Weetbix and couscous) Rowan eats two solid meals a day (lunch and dinner) and has 5-6 milk feeds also.

His sleep is going really consistantly again at the moment, napping twice a day for 1.5-2hrs apiece, and sleeping through the night. I'm incredibly thankful for this and don't know whether it's tied to food intake throughout the day or just the developmental stage he's at currently. Either way, I'm not complaining. ;)

Rowan is discovering more about picking things up with his fingers rather than the whole hand (think like a 'claw' arcade machine; no way near a pincer grip of course but definitely more fingers are involved than palm these days).

What else? Miss Polly Had a Dolly is a current favourite song (taking over from 5 Little Ducks), household objects are WAY more fun to play with than toys - especially washing on the clothes rack! - and hubby and I are thinking that Rowan's beginning to reach out with his arms a little in preparation for being picked up. He's a real Mummy's boy at the moment, Mummy makes everything better apparently (but Daddy is the one who gets the belly laughs :D).
Eating lunch at the showgrounds during a warm Melbourne day.

'Helping' Daddy in the garden over the weekend. Dirt is good for the immune system. ;)

November 4, 2011

Wedding Anniversary

On November 1st, Matt and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary, and our first as parents. We didn't do anything flashy, just cooked together and reminisced a little. It was a nice cosy evening (even better that Rowan went down to sleep first time around without any hassle - or as we call it - theatrics).

How things change in the space of a year...

I was 19 weeks pregnant here.

We were trying to take a photo of the three of us with the remote shutter and Rowan immediately started fussing with hunger, so we went with it. ;)